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VOC Amsterdam returns to Ter Haak

Wednesday 6 April 2011 – Last night the VOC ship 'Amsterdam' moored at the USA terminal of the Ter Haak Group in Amsterdam’s America Harbour (Amerikahaven). The replica of an 18th century Dutch East India Company cargo vessel is almost 50 metres in length. After her rig has been removed the ship will be tugged to the Brouwer yard in Zaandam for a major maintenance overhaul. The Amsterdam will be ready to be visited by the general public again in time for the reopening of the National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) on 2 October 2011.

Removing the masts and the rigging of The Amsterdam will take around a week. Parts that do not need to be transported to the yard in Zaandam will be stored at Ter Haak’s dedicated facilities where they will be inspected and refurbished by carpenters. Once the maintenance activities have been completed by the Brouwer yard, The Amsterdam will return to the USA terminal where the mast and rigging will be placed back into position before the ship is once again towed to her familiar location at the Maritime Museum.

This is not the first time that Ter Haak has welcomed The Amsterdam to its premises. The replica of a vessel that was originally lost in a storm in 1749 first came to the Ter Haak Group stevedore company in 1990 when the ship was being finished in the Suez Harbour (Suezhaven). At this time Ter Haak was responsible for placing tin ballast in the ship’s keel and rigging the masts. The head office of the Ter Haak Group showcases pen drawings and water colours depicting the build of The Amsterdam made by Anneloes Groot. 

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